Glandular therapy sometimes referred to as organotherapy, relates to the ingestion of specific animal tissues and cell preparations to support physiological function. In the 1930′s glandular therapy was common practice, but during the 1940′s and 50′s with the advent of antibiotics and the isolation of vitamins and hormones, glandular therapy lost its way.
Whole glandular concentrates supply multiple factors, but do not include hormones. Preparations from healthy organs can supply substances that may be deficient in the corresponding organ in-vivo, including nucleic acids and organ specific enzymes. They may also include glycosaminoglycans, glycolipids and phospholipids, enzyme cofactors, mineral storage proteins and other substances.
Modern manufacturing processes have in the last 10 years or so reintroduced glandular therapy to a new generation of practitioners who utilise the combinations to provide organ specific nutritional support.